Author Archives: Jeff Abramson

About Jeff Abramson

Deputy Director, Arms Control Association

Human Rights Report Release: A Moment to Reflect on U.S. Arms Policy

By Jeff Abramson In a live broadcast at 11:30 this morning, the State Department will release its annual human rights report. Among many hopes of what will become of this important yearly assessment, one is that it will spur an … Continue reading

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Arab Spring: A Wake Up Call on U.S. Arms Policy

By Jeff Abramson As President Obama openly ponders whether to arm rebels in Libya and the media is reporting that the CIA is already on the ground to potentially support that cause, attention is now focused on Libya. But one … Continue reading

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Update: Cluster Munitions, Obama Administration, Global Activities

By Jeff Abramson As the year progresses, we’ll revisit the mid-term grades given the Obama administration on their conventional weapons policies. For the moment, the D grade on cluster munitions remains unchanged because U.S. policy is unchanged, but there is … Continue reading

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Following the ATT debate

By Jeff Abramson (blogging from the UN) Today is the second day of a week of discussion at the UN on creating a legally binding Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). For a number of years, the Arms Control Association has been … Continue reading

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Midterm Grades on Obama Administration’s Conventional Arms Control Record

By Jeff Abramson During the week of Feb 7-11, 2011, we provided midterm grades on 5 aspects of the Obama administration’s approach to conventional weapons arms control. Bookmark this post and come back over the next months and years to … Continue reading

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Indiscriminate Weapons, Especially Cluster Munitions: Grading the Obama Administration’s Conventional Arms Control Record

By Jeff Abramson The Obama administration started off well when on Jan. 21, 2009 it deposited ratifications to three protocols and an amendment to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), a meaningful accord that seeks to regulate the use … Continue reading

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Landmines: Grading the Obama Administration’s Conventional Arms Control Record

By Jeff Abramson Earlier this week, the public engagement staff at the State Department’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement sent out an email highlighting U.S.-supported efforts to clear landmines in Croatia, Sudan and Central America. There is no question … Continue reading

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Export Control Reform: Grading the Obama Administration’s Conventional Arms Control Record

By Jeff Abramson This administration has launched an aggressive and comprehensive review of U.S. export control policy, which is no small task. With multiple bureaucracies playing a role in deciding what U.S. military and dual-use goods and services can be … Continue reading

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Arms Trade/Sales: Grading the Obama Administration’s Conventional Arms Control Record

By Jeff Abramson Today, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Shapiro will be in India to attend one of the world’s largest arms shows in order “to increase significantly the volume and technological sophistication of U.S. … Continue reading

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Arms Trade Treaty: Grading the Obama Administration’s Conventional Arms Control Record

By Jeff Abramson At the end of this month, delegates will meet again at the United Nations to continue work on a legally binding accord to regulate the conventional arms trade. As we launch a week of assessing the Obama … Continue reading

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